Tag Archives: colour

Recycled Blue-Green Bead from Thailand

So, I was going through my older bead photos for some newer posts and came across this one. Somehow I had forgotten about this bead, even though I focused on it quite heavily when I first documented it. It’s a … Continue reading

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Polychrome Beads

Last week, I posted the final article on various colors of beads and also posted about documenting polychrome beads. This week, we’re going to start getting into the insanity that is polychrome beads and the various designs these beads have.

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Documenting Polychrome Beads

So far, we’ve been talking about monochrome beads and how to document their color. But that’s not the only type of bead we find – roughly 10-15% of the beads I come across are polychrome, or have multiple colors. If … Continue reading

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Clear and White Beads

I’ve lumped these two together because they’re both lacking color. One is translucent/transparent and the other is opaque, but their color status is the same. These beads can be glass, rock crystal, pearl, shell, bone, ivory, and a number of … Continue reading

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Color and Lighting

I’ve mentioned a number of times how the lighting on or behind a bead can change its color. Black beads are actually cobalt blue, purple, green, or even hot pink when view with an LED light shining through. Brown beads … Continue reading

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Black Beads

Black beads can be incredibly common or incredibly uncommon, depending on the region you are in. South Asian contexts tend to have more black beads than most places, and Victorian England had a lot of black beads. But they’re virtually … Continue reading

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Red Beads

Last week I started talking about monochrome beads. I’m going to have posts on the general colors we see in beads, and I promise I will try to make it not just about glass! I figured we’d start at the … Continue reading

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Colorblindness and Beads

Every time I talk about beads, I end up talking about color. Anytime most people talk about beads, they talk about color. And every time we talk about color, the question inevitably arises: what about color perception? Just because you see that color as blue doesn’t mean I see it as blue or vice versa. When we’re looking at beads, how can we talk about color if everyone’s perception is possibly different? Continue reading

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Scottish Marbled Beads

Scottish marbled beads (which is the best way I can describe them) are one of my favorite types that I’ve somehow come across. These beads consist of a translucent dark blue base with a secondary color marbled in. Since the dark blue base is translucent, it combines with the secondary color (yellow or red) to create a third color (green or purple, respectively) without adding a third color of glass. Continue reading

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The Chemical-Visual Divide in Bead Archaeology

Last week I wrote a post about issues with bead reporting. One of the steps I suggested for improving our current system was for bead specialists to stop dividing themselves into those who look at chemical analysis and those who look at essentially everything else (what I’m calling visual characteristics). Since very few people reading this post are familiar with the issue, I figured I would explain it in a bit more detail. Continue reading

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